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For those who have lived in and around the El Paso area for quite some time, we all know how warm our region can get during the summer months. For those who know what it’s like or are new to our apartment community at Cantera, we’re here to help all of you enjoy some of the best ways to keep cool all summer long.

We asked our neighbors and searched the web high and low and found lots of local ideas that we’ll share with you now. The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in El Paso.

Historic Downtown

If you like museums, El Paso has the History Museum, Insights Science Museum, an Art Museum and a Holocaust Museum. The Civic Center has sweeping architecture. This is where you will find stops for the cross-border trolleys. Nearby, the Union Plaza includes an old railroad depot. The expanded central library includes a superb regional research center. The City-County Courthouse mirrors the city and has fine views. One of our neighbors noted, “It is fun to shop in the discount and specialty stores that have many items from Mexico.”

The El Paso Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art houses over 6,000 works of art including the Kress Collection of 13th to 18th-century European art, American 19th and 20th-century art, Mexican colonial art and Southwestern art. Hours are 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday (extended hours to 9 P.M. on Thursday) and 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday. Admission is free.


The El Paso Holocaust Museum


Dedicated to teaching its visitors about the horrors inflicted upon over 11 million victims, the El Paso Holocaust Museum, is one of only 13 such museums in the U.S. Through personal accounts, artifacts, exhibits, and multi-media presentations, this is worth a visit.


El Paso Museum of History

The El Paso Museum of History was originally founded in 1974. It contains a variety of life-size exhibits which depict the history of the local El Paso region and offers free group tours daily.

Union Plaza

Union Plaza is in the modern downtown El Paso area, which includes the convention center, a vibrant entertainment district, and many restaurants.

Scenic Drive

The scenic drive has fantastic views of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. On a clear day, you can see for miles over a sweeping panorama of the area.

Coming from the University of Texas at El Paso campus is the start of the scenic drive. It is a delight to make this drive and stop at the lookouts to enjoy the great views. There are also many fantastically beautiful homes along the scenic route. If you follow the scenic drive all the way you will also come to the entrance to Franklin State Park and the Wyler Aerial Tramway

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

With an emphasis on the history and culture of the El Paso area and region, the El Paso Museum of Archeology maintains a large collection of artifacts and curiosities unearthed in local digs. It hosts many educational events.

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